By Farah Aden
Residents of Wajir town converged at Orahey grounds on Saturday to pray for “Salatul Istisqa” asking God for rain as the county experiences biting drought and water shortage.
Wajir Ulamaas and Wajir governor Ahmed Abdullahi among other leaders led residents to Orahey grounds for istisqa prayer which is taken as recourse to seek rain from Allah during times of drought.
Speaking at Orahey grounds Sheikh Mohamud said that when God withholds the rain it is a trial for everyone, whether you are a Muslims, Christians, Hindus, and Jews among other religions or men, women, children, beasts, birds or even the fish, as we see in the devastating situation we are in that the drought has wrought upon our populations.
Sheikh Mohamud warned the warring clans to shun violence as God would not ease the suffering of the society if they will not stop killing each other over petty issues that could be easily resolved without resorting to violence that costs human lives.
Wajir governor who addressed residents said his administration increased emergency funding to mitigate the effects of the ongoing drought which has forced them to use Kshs.1 million daily to contain the devastating situation since the county was strike with drought.
He promised that his government will continue to mitigate the biting drought and water shortages with its capabilities to the available resources but asked residents to continue praying for rain at all times even at their homes.
Abdullahi urged residents of Wajir West and Eldas sub-counties to stop taking the law at their hands and resort to peaceful coexistence as they wait the concerned authorities to solve the border dispute.
“Let’s stop killing each other and preach peace if we really want the blessing of Allah (SWT) to end the devastating situation of drought,” said Abdullahi.
According to local residents Wajir received a little rain for the past few weeks but that was not even enough to moisten the water-thirsty soil.